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Governor Hosts Roundtable to Stem Opioid ‘Epidemic’

Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour and State Sen. Gene Yaw (second from right) welcome Gov. Tom Wolf to campus Thursday morning. At left is Gary Tennis, secretary of the state Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs.

The president talks about the startup of Project Bald Eagle (originally the Heroin Task Force) from a funding coalition of Penn College, Lycoming College, Susquehanna Health and Lycoming County.

Panelists fill the front of the Thompson Professional Development Center's Mountain Laurel Room.

Yaw and Wolf converse after the formal panel discussion.

The governor answers questions from a number of media representatives on hand for the event.

Community-based and statewide responses to opioid and heroin abuse in Pennsylvania were discussed at a campus roundtable hosted on Thursday by Gov. Tom Wolf and state Sen. Gene Yaw. A diverse panel comprising Project Bald Eagle board members and others – representing state and local government, law enforcement, health care, treatment facilities and the clergy – openly talked about one of the gravest problems ever to hit rural counties. Wolf and Yaw both said the issue goes far beyond geographic boundaries, however, just as it transcends politics, gender and economic standing. No strangers to disagreement, the two earnestly pledged to work collaboratively to stem the alarming tide of addiction and overdose. “This is not a bipartisan concern,” the governor stressed. “It’s a nonpartisan concern.” Yaw began the conversation by pointing out there are nearly as many fatal overdoses in the commonwealth each year than there were Pennsylvanians killed during the entire Vietnam War. Recalling that anti-war protests spilled into the streets and consumed the national consciousness in the ’60s, he asked why such a passionate response has not greeted this latest threat. “It’s a medical epidemic,” he added. “We can’t arrest our way out of the problem.” Befitting the venue, one of the suggested weapons is knowledge. “This is not a junkie-on-the-street disease,” said college President Davie Jane Gilmour, who chairs the Project Bald Eagle coalition of local forces battling the issue. “We need to address that stigma with education – in our communities, in our churches, everywhere we can reach people. We need to share the true story and acknowledge a different set of perceptions so that people aren’t ashamed to say, ‘I lost a family member; I lost a friend.'” Thursday’s hourlong session was an offshoot of the Yaw-chaired Center for Rural Pennsylvania, which has heard 50 hours of related testimony in nine hearings since 2014. Eyewitness News reporter Cody Butler attended; his piece is scheduled to air at 5:30 p.m. (and on other WBRE newscasts).

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Welders Pique Career Interest for Daughters, Sons

Michael K. Patterson shows how the heat of a torch can change the color of metal.

Future Wildcats, perhaps?

Matt W. Nolan offers a mini-primer in Metal Inert Gas welding.

Forty young men and women, potential Penn College students all, participated in Thursday’s 23rd annual “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day.” This year’s national theme was “Sparking ‘Aha!’ Moments,” and what better venue for cultivating a sense of working-world wonderment than the college’s welding labs? Four faculty members – Jacob B. Holland, Matt W. Nolan, Michael K. Patterson and Timothy S. Turnbach – and students in the Avco Lycoming Metal Trades Center led visitors in career-focused activities through demonstrations of various welding processes. The daylong event (financially supported by the President’s Office and organized with the help of David R. Cotner, dean of industrial, computing and engineering technologies) also included a campus tour with Student Ambassadors, lunch in Dauphin Hall and afternoon job-shadowing with parents and other adult mentors. Paul L. Starkey, vice president for academic affairs/provost, welcomed the group; others assisting in the day were Dining Services, Information Technology Services, and the Admissions, Professional Development, and Public Relations & Marketing offices.
Photos by Tina R. Strayer, on-boarding/professional development manager

Drone (Quadcopter) Technology Course Scheduled at Penn College

Summertime means ballgames, picnics, nature and … drones.

Are you aware of the latest Federal Aviation Administration regulations involving drones? Do you need quadcopter control lessons? Are you interested in meeting other drone enthusiasts?

Just in time for the summer months, Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Pennsylvania College of Technology is offering a Drone Quadcopter Technology course beginning in June.

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Cake Decorator Fashions Familiar Face

A cute and tasty final product

Award-winning cake designer Irene Maston, named one of Brides magazine’s Top 100 Cake Designers, visited campus Thursday to provide a cake-sculpting demonstration in the Madigan Library. During her well-attended talk, she transformed a stack of triple-chocolate layer cakes to a likeness of the college’s Wildcat mascot. Maston owns Irene’s Cakes by Designs in Ludlow, Vermont, where recent Penn College baking and pastry arts graduate Kristina M. Williams is an intern. Student Keegan D. Sonney, of Erie, will serve an internship with Maston this summer. After her demonstration, Maston remained on campus to help judge Friday’s Culinary and Pastry Experience. In addition to Irene’s Cakes by Design, Maston and her husband own The Andrie Rosen Inn.

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Branching Out

Evergreen seedlings are held aloft by excited schoolchildren in the first-grade class of Barbara Stopper ...

... and by the third-graders of Brenda Kremser.

First- and third-graders at St. John Neumann Regional Academy’s elementary campus got an Arbor Day visit from a Penn College horticulture instructor on Friday, along with a take-home project to nurture. Carl J. Bower Jr. (who also provided the photos) gave a presentation on the importance of trees and handed out Norway spruce seedlings to pupils and their teachers. The seedlings came from the tree farm of Justin Shelinski, laboratory assistant for horticulture in the School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies, who donated them for the observance.

Board OKs Loan Consolidation, Easement for Sewer Project

The Pennsylvania College of Technology Board of Directors on Thursday authorized the consolidation of two existing loans for the Community Arts Center and approved an easement through the college’s Schneebeli Earth Science Center property for a regional sewer project.

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Popular Plant Sale Returns to ESC on Monday

Ample selection for eager green thumbs

Hanging baskets among offerings

Wednesday hours extended for working shoppers' convenience

The annual bedding-plant sale begins Monday at the Schneebeli Earth Science Center greenhouse. Sale hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; Wednesday hours will be 9 a.m.-6 p.m. (Closed Saturday and Sunday.) Availability is on a first-come, first-served basis and supplies are limited. There will be no early sales or holds, and everything is cash-and-carry.
Photos by Justin Shelinski, laboratory assistant for horticulture

Penn College Attains ‘Tree Campus USA’ Recognition

Penn College representatives acknowledge designation as a “Tree Campus USA” outside the green grounds of The Victorian House on main campus. From left are Brett A. Reasner, dean of transportation and natural resources technologies; horticulture instructor Carl J. Bower Jr.; Don J. Luke, director of facilities operations; Andrea L. Mull, horticulturist/grounds and motorpool supervisor; and Andrew Bartholomay, assistant professor of forestry. The plaque will be installed in the Student & Administrative Services Center and the flag will fly outside the Schneebeli Earth Science Center, home to the college’s forest technology and landscape/horticulture majors.

Pennsylvania College of Technology has been honored with “Tree Campus USA” recognition for its commitment to effective urban forest management.

Tree Campus USA is a national program created in 2008 by the Arbor Day Foundation to honor colleges and universities for effective campus forest management and for engaging employees and students in conservation goals.

“This collaborative effort from the forestry, horticulture and General Services departments highlights the college’s commitment to the environment and maintaining a beautiful campus,” said Brett A. Reasner, dean of transportation and natural resources technologies.

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Students Pitch In, Pick Up for Earth Day

Michael J. Fonti (left), of Wayne, N.J., and Patrick T. McCaffery, of Carbondale, help beautify the Susquehanna Riverwalk ...

... and join Robert W. Klingerman (left), of Langhorne, for a photo with the bronze "Wood Hick" statue.

Brandon P. Boyce, of Clearfield, is among the civic-minded students scouring the levee for refuse.

Andrew L. Darr, of Carlisle, offers a gloved "Hello" while walking with Boris Lobo, of East Elmhurst, N.Y.

In observance of Earth Day, the U.S. Green Building Council Students of Penn College collected trash and debris last Friday on the Williamsport side of the Susquehanna Riverwalk, extending from the Hepburn Street Pump Station east to the Market Street Bridge. The 18 students filled up 20 bags of trash, and John O. Markley, secretary of the Veterans Memorial Park Commission (who was aware of the group’s project), stopped to share his appreciation. “We could visually see the difference in our cleanup efforts,” said Timothy S. Shook, of Bangor, president of the USGBC Students of Penn College. “Looking back and seeing the change we made in just a few hours was very gratifying.” The USGBC students coordinated the logistics for the day, and the American Institute of Architecture Students at Penn College supported the endeavor by supplying gloves, bags and water for the volunteers. “The students that participated enjoyed this event,” added Peter L. Gauthier, of Newville, club vice president. “Unfortunately, public spaces create opportunities for trash. We enjoyed the opportunity to dedicate our efforts at promoting healthy and sustainable environments.” True to the day’s environmental focus, the students either walked or carpooled to the worksite.
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Session Tackles Ins/Outs of Intellectual Property Law

A Bush Campus Center audience learns what is – and what isn't – copyright-protected ...

... during an informative session with attorney Austin P. White.

Librarians (foreground from left) Judy J. Zebrowski, Patricia A. Scott and Alan W. Buck are among those who help students and employees balance copyright and academic "fair use."

One of the attorneys overseeing Penn College’s trademark/copyright issues presented a professional development session this past week that offered a glimpse into the permitted use of protected material for educational purposes. Held in Penn’s Inn and open to employees and students – particularly those in paralegal/legal assistant majors – “Stay Legal: Third-Party Content in the Classroom” featured Austin P. White, of the McCormick Law Firm. The session was organized by The Copyright and Fair Use Advisory Committee, Madigan Library and the college’s Professional Development Office.
Photos by Tia G. La, student photographer

‘Design: 2016’ Showcases Graphic Design Student Portfolios

Design students' portfolios to be dsiplayed from April 29-May 13

Fourteen graphic design seniors at Pennsylvania College of Technology will exhibit their work as part of “Design: 2016,” the annual student portfolio exhibition in The Gallery at Penn College.

A public reception for the exhibit’s opening will be held Friday, April 29, from 4 to 6 p.m., in the gallery, located on the third floor of the Madigan Library. The design work will be on display through May 13.

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Caterpillar Students Awarded National Tool Scholarships

Two Pennsylvania College of Technology students have received $1,000 national scholarships to help them purchase tools for their emerging careers in heavy construction equipment technology.

Ronald A. Kepple, of Russell, and Alexander C. Rozon, of Cochranville, were awarded the funds through the mikeroweWORKS Foundation in partnership with the AED Foundation, an affiliate of Associated Equipment Distributors.

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Living-Learning Community Attends Carlisle Car Show

LLC returns from daylong trip to Carlisle.

Members of Penn College’s Automotive Living-Learning Community attended Saturday’s Carlisle Spring Car Show. “Everyone is glad to be back on campus after a long day in traffic and walking around looking at cars and car parts,” said Eric D. Pruden, automotive instructor and LLC faculty liaison. “The weather was great and everyone enjoyed the event.” From left are Eric M. Santiago, of Vineland, New Jersey; Mark J. Dumais, of Fort Johnson, New York; Brittany A. Frey, of Forksville; Daniel W. DeShong, of Cochranville; Jonathan L. Zechman, of Lebanon; Genevieve M. Kelly, of Beverly, Massachusetts; and James T. Wade, of Lafayette Hill.
Photo by Eric D. Pruden

Cooking Low and Slow in Billtown

George E. Logue III, '10, has found his home as chef/owner of Acme Barbecue & Catering Co. in downtown Williamsport.

From the Spring 2016 One College Avenue magazine: A calm demeanor and appreciation for life are part of the recipe at a culinary arts alumnus’s popular restaurant in downtown Williamsport. Bonus: Get the recipe for Acme Barbecue’s “Baked Pit Beans.” Read “Cooking Low and Slow in Billtown.”

WDCE Offering Four-Session Series for Front-Line Supervisors

Four classes comprise the Front Line Supervisor Spring Series being offered by Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Pennsylvania College of Technology beginning in May.

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